June 2011

JFP 6/15: Reps sue Obama on Libya; Obama claims WPR doesn't apply

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June 15, 2011

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Video: "Message in a Bottle" from Gaza

Young people in Gaza send a "message in a bottle" to the freedom flotilla.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXyR2_H0jXE

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JFP 6/14: UN says Gaza unemployment now 45% under blockade

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June 14, 2011

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Video: Al Jazeera: UN says 45% unemployment under Gaza blockade

UNRWA says in a new report unemployment in Gaza in the second half of 2010 reached an unprecedented 45.2%, one of the highest rates in the world.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQONfQmoofs

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24 Senators have signed Merkley-Lee-Udall letter for substantial drawdown
Including many, such as Sen. Franken, for whom it is their first act critical of the indefinite continuation of the war. The previous high-water mark was the 18 Senators who voted for the Feingold amendment in July 2010; three of those 18 are no longer in the Senate.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/933

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JFP 6/13: Dems press deeper drawdown; Libya war more costly than claimed

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June 13, 2011

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*Action - Jewish Voice for Peace: More Palestinian leaders wrongly imprisoned

Bassem and Naji Tamimi, from the village of Nabi Saleh, are being punished for organizing nonviolent resistance to the Israeli occupation. Urge the State Department to demand the Tamimis' release.
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JFP: 6/10: 6 in 10 say get out of Libya; support grows for Afghan drawdown

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June 10, 2011

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*Action - Jewish Voice for Peace: More Palestinian leaders wrongly imprisoned

Bassem and Naji Tamimi, from the village of Nabi Saleh, are being punished for organizing nonviolent resistance to the Israeli occupation. Urge the State Department to demand the Tamimis' release.
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*Action: 17 Senators have signed Merkley-Lee-Udall letter

Senators Merkley-Lee-Udall are circulating a bipartisan letter to the President in support of a substantial July drawdown of US troops from Afghanistan. As of this writing, 17 Senators have signed. The current deadline for signing is close of business Monday, June 13. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI) signed today. Urge your Senators to sign. The Congressional switchboard is 202-225-3121. Ask to be transferred to your Senator's office; ask to talk to the staffer that handles foreign affairs, or leave a voice mail for that person.

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http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/933
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Senators Webb and Corker introduce bill barring ground troops from Libya
Building on the actions of the House, including the passage of the Conyers Amendment.

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JFP 6/9: 16 Sens. on Drawdown Letter; Webb Intros Libya bill

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June 9, 2011

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*Action: 16 Senators have signed Merkley-Lee-Udall letter

Senators Merkley-Lee-Udall are circulating a bipartisan letter to the President in support of a substantial July drawdown of US troops from Afghanistan. As of this writing, 16 Senators have signed. The current deadline for signing is close of business Thursday, but this deadline may be extended if Senators continue to sign - Jeff Bingaman signed today. Urge your Senators to sign. The Congressional switchboard is 202-225-3121. Ask to be transferred to your Senator's office; ask to talk to the staffer that handles foreign affairs, or leave a voice mail for that person.

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Senators Webb and Corker introduce bill barring ground troops from Libya
Building on the actions of the House, including the passage of the Conyers Amendment.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/afghanistan-war-leaving-_b_873910.html

Video: Senator Webb Introduces Bill barring ground troops from Libya

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScizDJKVAMk

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Text of the Webb-Corker Resolution on Libya War Powers [S.J.RES.18]

 

[At this writing, the text of the resolution is not in Thomas yet, so I am posting it here. The video of Senator Webb's introduction of the bill is here.]

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Letter from former military officials to the President in support of substantial drawdown

[Letter from former military officials to the President expressing support for the Senate letter urging substantial drawdown from Afghanistan.]

June 2, 2011

The President
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

As former military officers and defense officials, we endorse the Senate letter to the Administration to order a "sizeable and sustained" reduction in troop levels in Afghanistan, beginning in July 2011.

We agree that the United States has successfully deployed its military and intelligence assets to accomplish our stated mission of destroying al Qaeda's training camps in Afghanistan and degrading the leadership by killing or capturing dozens of significant al Qaeda leaders, culminating in the operation that eliminated Osama bin Laden.

Furthermore, we do not believe it is a top national security interest of our country to utilize our military forces to undertake nation-building activities in an internal Afghan conflict that stretches back to the 1970s.

We congratulate you on the successes achieved by our forces, and urge you to begin a substantial and responsible redeployment of our forces this summer.

Sincerely,

Evelyn Foote, Brig Gen., U.S. Army (Ret.)

Robert G. Gard, Jr., Lt. Gen., U.S. Army (Ret.)

Sam Gardiner, Colonel, USAF (Ret.)

Matthew Hoh, U. S. Marine Corps (Iraq), State Department Officer, (Afghanistan)

John H. Johns, Brig. Gen., U.S. Army (Ret.)

Lawrence J. Korb, former Assistant Secretary of Defense and Captain, U.S. Navy Reserves (Ret.)

Karen Kwiatkowski, Lt. Col., USAF (Ret.)

Paul R. Pillar, Former U.S. Intelligence Officer

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Merkley-Lee-Udall letter circulating in Senate in support of substantial drawdown

[This letter to the President in support of a substantial drawdown of US troops from Afghanistan is currently being circulated among Senators; at this writing, the letter is currently announced to close at COB Tuesday, June 14.]
 

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MoveOn, NOW, Peace Action press Senate for substantial drawdown

[Organizations sent the following letter to Senate staff is support of the Senate letter pressing President Obama for a substantial drawdown.]

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JFP 7/7: GOP Antiwar Goes Mainstream; Mr. Spock Backs Palestinian State

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June 7, 2011

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U.S. Boat to Gaza is a Quarter Jewish - "Not Too Shabby!"

The New York Times reports that a quarter of the passengers on the upcoming U.S. Boat to Gaza will be Jewish. Maybe it means that the Israeli authorities will have some compunction about shooting up our boat. Maybe it means an open contest of a construction of Jewish identity based on supporting the obstruction of Palestinian freedom, with a Jewish counter-narrative of universal human liberation.
http://www.truth-out.org/us-boat-gaza-quarter-jewish-not-too-shabby/1307453230

Democracy Now - Trapped in Gaza: Rafah Crossing Closed to Palestinians Soon After Egyptian Pledge to Reopen It
Egypt's transition government had unsealed the Rafah border after years of closure under Mubarak. But less than a week later, Egypt imposed a cap of 400 people per day, turning back busloads of people that had been cleared for passage.
http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/7/trapped_in_gaza_rafah_crossing_closed

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